Through our nonprofit, become a certified
Moral Courage® Mentor
“In polarized times, standing for what's right isn’t enough to make progress. You also have to build buy-in, which means learning to engage rather than label the other side.” - Irshad Manji
Irshad and the team are grateful that you want to become a certified Moral Courage Mentor. The application questions are below. They'll make complete sense once you've reviewed our FAQ page.
To inspire you as you prepare your application, here's a reminder of what you'll do as a certified Moral Courage Mentor:
Teach diversity without division within the organization that employs you, be it a company, school, nonprofit, or government agency.
Consistently practice and thereby role-model the Moral Courage Method of communicating across divides.
Take opportunities to deepen both self-awareness and "world-awareness" – the understanding that different points of view exist for valid reasons.
Build community with fellow Moral Courage Mentors in an effort to learn from each other.
To complete your application, click APPLY NOW at the bottom of this page and submit the following:
• Your certificate of completion from our online course, "Diversity Without Division."
• Your resumé or CV.
• A letter from your employer (company, school, nonprofit, or government agency). This letter should confirm that upon certification, you’re invited to teach the skills of Moral Courage within your organization. Be sure to have your employer include their email address and phone number(s).
• Name of your co-applicant. Please note that your co-applicant will need to submit their own application separately.
• Your response to each of these three questions:
1. Why do you want to become a certified Moral Courage Mentor? For example, have certain experiences made you realize that you need to do this? Do you have a story to tell about what makes you passionate and committed enough to pursue certification? (A written or video response will be accepted.)
2. What change in your organization do you want to bring about by mentoring your colleagues to develop the skills of Moral Courage? (A written or video response will be accepted.)
3. In the “Diversity Without Division” online course, Irshad challenged you to build empathy for someone who expresses offensive opinions. You had to put yourself in the shoes of the “offender” by writing, from the offender’s perspective, a thank-you note to someone who did a lovely thing for the offender.
Share that note here. Then describe how the exercise of writing this note made you feel. (Only a written response will be accepted.)
Important: Each response should be its own file. Please name that file with your first name, last name, and question number. For example: Irshad_Manji_Q1
If your responses are written, make each response a separate PDF of maximum 750 words in Times New Roman font, size 12. If your responses are videos, make each video a maximum of 5 minutes.